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War in the Pacific

War in the Pacific

The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theatre of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and East Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China (including the 1945 Soviet-Japanese conflict).

It is generally considered that the Pacific War began on December 7th, 1941, on which date Japan invaded Thailand and attacked the British possessions of Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong as well as the United States military bases in Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam and the Philippines. Some historians contend that the conflict in Asia can be dated back to July 7th, 1937 with the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China, or possibly September 19th, 1931, beginning with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. However, it is more widely accepted that the Pacific War itself started in early December 1941, with the Sino-Japanese War then becoming part of it as a theater of the greater World War II.

The Pacific War saw the Allied powers pitted against the Empire of Japan, the latter briefly aided by Thailand and to a much lesser extent by its Axis allies, Germany and Italy. The war culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and other large aerial bomb attacks by the United States Army Air Forces, accompanied by the Soviet invasion of Manchuria on August 8th, 1945, resulting in the Japanese announcement of intent to surrender on August 15th, 1945. The formal and official surrender of Japan took place aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. Following its defeat, Japan's Shinto Emperor stepped down as the divine leader through the Shinto Directive, because the Allied Powers believed this was the major political cause of Japan's military aggression and deconstruction process soon took place to install a new liberal-democratic constitution to the Japanese public as the current Constitution of Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Chokai [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Chokai [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Chokai was a Takao-class heavy cruiser, armed with ten 8-inch (200 mm) guns, four 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns, eight tubes for the Type 93 torpedo, and assorted anti-aircraft guns. Chōkai was designed with the Imperial Japanese Navy strategy of the great "Decisive Battle" in mind, and built in 1932 by Mitsubishi's shipyard in Nagasaki.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Katori Class Light Cruiser - Katori [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Katori Class Light Cruiser - Katori [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Katori was the lead ship of the Katori class of three light cruisers which served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. It is named after the noted Shinto Katori Shrine in Chiba prefecture, Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Mutsu [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Mutsu [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Mutsu named after Mutsu Province, was a dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at the end of World War I. She was the second ship of the Nagato class.  In 1923, a year after commissioning, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Aoba Class Heavy Cruiser - Aoba [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Aoba Class Heavy Cruiser - Aoba [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Aoba was the lead ship in the two-vessel Aoba-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Launched in 1926 and heavily modernized in 1938-40, she displaced 8,300 tons (standard, 9,000 final), was 185.17 meters long, and carried a main battery of six 20 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns in three double turrets, two forward and one aft.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Tone Class Heavy Cruiser - Tone [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Tone Class Heavy Cruiser - Tone [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Tone was the lead ship in the two-vessel Tone-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after the Tone River, in the Kantō region of Japan and was completed on 20 November 1938 at Mitsubishi's Nagasaki shipyards.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Agano Class Light Cruiser - Agano [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Agano Class Light Cruiser - Agano [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

The four Agano-class cruisers were light cruisers operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. All were named after Japanese rivers. Larger than these previous Japanese light cruisers, the Agano-class vessels were fast, but with little protection, and were under-gunned for their size. They participated in numerous actions during World War II.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nagara Class Light Cruiser - Nagara [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Nagara Class Light Cruiser - Nagara [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Nagara was the lead ship of her class of light cruiser in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after the Nagara River in the Chūbu region of Japan. Nagara was laid down on September 9th, 1920, launched on April 25th, 1922, and completed at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, and commissioned on April 21st, 1922.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Takao [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Takao [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Takao was the lead vessel in the Takao-class heavy cruisers, active in World War II with the Imperial Japanese Navy. These were the largest and more modern cruisers in the Japanese fleet, and were intended to form the backbone of a multipurpose long-range strike force.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Kako [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Kako [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Kako was the second vessel in the two-vessel Furutaka-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after the Kako River in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. Kako was completed at Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation at Kobe on July 20th, 1926.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Atago [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Atago [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Atago was the second vessel in the Takao-class heavy cruisers, active in World War II with the Imperial Japanese Navy. These were the largest and more modern cruisers in the Japanese fleet, and were intended to form the backbone of a multipurpose long-range strike force. Her sister ships were Takao, Maya and Chokai.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Tenryu Class Light Cruiser - Tatsuta [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Tenryu Class Light Cruiser - Tatsuta [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Tatsuta was the second ship in the two ship Tenryū class of light cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). She was named after the Tatsuta River in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The Tenryū class was designed to act as flagships for destroyer flotillas.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Hiyo Class Aircraft Carrier - Junyo [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Asashio Class Destroyer - Asashio [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Asashio ("Morning Tide") was the lead ship of the ten Asashio-class destroyers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the mid-1930s under the Circle Two Program (Maru Ni Keikaku).

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Imperial Japanese Navy Sendai Class Light Cruiser - Sendai [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Sendai Class Light Cruiser - Sendai [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Sendai was a Sendai-class light cruiser in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after the Sendai River in southern Kyushu. Sendai was the lead ship of the three vessels completed in her class of light cruisers, and like other vessels of her class, she was intended for use as the flagship of a destroyer flotilla.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Furutaka [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Furutaka [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Furutaka was the lead ship in the two-vessel Furutaka-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after Mount Furutaka, located on Etajima, Hiroshima immediately behind the Imperial Japanese Navy Academy.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Maya [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Maya [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Maya was one of four Takao-class heavy cruisers, active in World War II with the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). These were the largest and more modern cruisers in the Japanese fleet, and were intended to form the backbone of a multipurpose long-range strike force.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Myoko Class Heavy Cruiser - Nachi [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Myoko Class Heavy Cruiser - Haguro [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Haguro was the third of the four-member Myoko class of heavy cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after Mount Haguro in Yamagata Prefecture. The other ships of her class were Myōkō, Nachi and Ashigara. Haguro saw significant service during World War II, participating in nine naval engagements.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser - Kumano [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser - Kumano [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Kumano was one of four Mogami class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy, serving in World War II. She was named after the Kumano River Kii Peninsula on the island of Honshu in central Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Oyodo Class Light Cruiser - Oyodo [Clamshell Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Oyodo Class Light Cruiser - Oyodo [Clamshell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

Oyodo was a light cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), completed during World War II, and was the only ship of her class completed before the end of the war. As was the practice with IJN light cruisers, she was named after a river, in this case the Oyodo River in Kyūshū, Japan.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63) (1:1250 Scale)

The Iowa-class battleships were four battleships constructed by the United States Navy in the 1940s for use as escorts for the Fast Carrier Task Forces operating in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

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Royal Navy King George V Class Battleship - HMS Prince of Wales (53) Royal Navy King George V Class Battleship - HMS Prince of Wales (53) (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Prince of Wales was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy, built at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, England. She was involved in several key actions of the Second World War, including the battle of Denmark Strait against the German battleship Bismarck, operations escorting convoys in the Mediterranean, and her final action and sinking in the Pacific in 1941.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63) (1:1250 Scale)

Missouri arrived at Ulithi on May 9th, 1945, and thence proceeded to Apra Harbor, Guam, on the 18th. That afternoon Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., Commander 3d Fleet, broke his flag in Missouri.

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US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - CV-8 USS Hornet US Navy Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Hornet (CV-8) (1:1250 Scale)

The seventh Hornet (CV-8) launched 16 Army B-25s to strike the Japanese home islands in one of the most daring raids in the history of warfare -- the "Doolittle Raid." She went on to fight at the Battle of Midway and was subsequently lost to an overwhelming air attack at the Battle of Santa Cruz in late 1942.

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US Navy Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Lexington (CV-2) US Navy Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier - USS Lexington (CV-2) (1:1250 Scale)

USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed "Lady Lex", was an early aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy. She was the lead ship of the Lexington class; her only sister ship, Saratoga, was commissioned a month earlier.

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US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39) US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Arizona (BB-39) (1:1250 Scale)

Japanese aircraft appeared in the skies over Pearl Harbor just before 8:00 am on Sunday morning, December 7th, 1941. The color detail was on deck in anticipation of raising the flag at the stern at 8:00.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato Imperial Japanese Navy Yamato Class Super Battleship - Yamato (1:1250 Scale)

The Yamato class battleships were battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) constructed and operated during World War II. Displacing 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) at full-load, the vessels of the class were the largest, heaviest, and most heavily-armed battleships ever constructed.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Kongo Class Battleship - Kirishima Imperial Japanese Navy Kongo Class Battleship - Kirishima (1:1250 Scale)

Kirishima was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. Designed by British naval engineer George Thurston, she was the third launched of the four Kongo-class battlecruisers, among the most heavily armed ships in any navy when built.

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Royal Navy King George V Class Battleship - HMS King George V (41) Royal Navy King George V Class Battleship - HMS King George V (41) (1:1250 Scale)

HMS King George V (pennant number 41) was the lead ship of the five British King George V-class battleships of the Royal Navy. Laid down in 1937 and commissioned in 1940, King George V operated during the Second World War as part of the British Home and Pacific Fleets.

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Royal Navy King George V Class Battleship - HMS Anson (79) Royal Navy King George V Class Battleship - HMS Anson (79) (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Anson was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy, named after Admiral George Anson. She was built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Shipyard and launched on February 24th, 1940, being completed on June 22nd, 1942.

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Royal Navy Renown Class Battlecruiser - HMS Renown (72) Royal Navy Renown Class Battlecruiser - HMS Renown (72) (1:1250 Scale)

HMS Renown was the lead ship of her class of battlecruisers of the Royal Navy built during the First World War. She was originally laid down as an improved version of the Revenge-class battleships. Her construction was suspended on the outbreak of war on the grounds she would not be ready in a timely manner.

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DeAgostini ATL7134132 US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) (1:1250 Scale) US Navy Pennsylvania Class Battleship - USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) (1:1250 Scale)

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) was the lead ship of the Pennsylvania class of United States Navy super-dreadnought battleships. She was the third Navy ship named for the state of Pennsylvania.

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